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History

1977
- Founded as The Grand Junction Public Energy Information Office and funded by Mesa County and the City of Grand Junction to provide solar energy conservation, education and recycling program.

1982
- Began delivering low cost weatherization under funding from the Colorado Office of Energy Conservation.

1985
- Became a 501C (3) not for profit organization.

1988
- Awarded contract from the Colorado Division of Housing to provide weatherization in Mesa County.

1991
- Established the Housing Rehabilitation program.

1995
- Certified by the State of Colorado as a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO) under the state HOME Program. Initiation of the CHDO designation was prompted by the need for development of permanent affordable housing options in the Grand Junction and Mesa County areas.

1997
- Established a USDA Rural Development Self –Help Housing program.

1998
- Initiated the affordable rental program with the purchase of Tiffany Apartments - 15 units.

1999
- Produced first tax credit project - Grand Valley Apartments - 50 units.
- Expanded weatherization program to become the regional provider.

2000
- Purchased and rehabilitated Linden Apartments - 12 units.

2001
- Became a charter member of NeighborWorks America.

2002
- Changed our name from The Energy Office to Housing Resources of Western Colorado.
- Celebrated 25th anniversary.
- Purchased and rehabbed second tax credit project - Garden Village Apartments - 91 units.

2003
- Purchased an energy efficient office building located at 524 30 Road and relocated HRWC offices.

2004
- Partnered with Homeward Bound to establish the Phoenix project, the purchase and rehab of 8 apartments for homeless veterans transitional housing.

2005
- Established a HUD Housing Counseling program.

2006
- Purchased four HUD foreclosures for rehab and resale.
- Assumed field operations at the MADA weatherization office.

2007
- Increased efforts towards energy conservation by holding a green design workshop, teaching building professionals about green techniques, and initiating LEED-EB certification process for HRWC office building.
- Celebrated 30th Anniversary and completion of over 200 self help homes.

2008
- Increased replacement of refrigerators, furnaces, boilers by 150% through ESP Plus program by partnership with Mesa County Youth Corps.
- Received donation of 12 acres of vacant land from Mesa County.
- Began foreclosure mitigation counseling with work out plans/loan modifications.

2009
- Increased by over 100% number of Tier I energy audits completed.
- Completed 46 homes in Self Help Program—an increase in production of over 100%!

2010
- Received first designation of Grand Junction for LEED Existing Building Certification for our Plaza de Sol office building.
- Received $2.2 million in federal stimulus funds for weatherization program to double production.

2011
- Completed construction of our Community Center at Garden Village Apartments.
- Received $2.5 million in grant funds and completed 510 weatherization jobs.

2012
- Completed our 300th home in Mutual Self-Help Housing Program.

2013
- Through a grant from Renewable Energy Trust and Xcel rebates, Housing Resources installed a 29.645KW photovoltaric system on our office building. 90% of our electrical needs are met through this new system.